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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #99-97

A one, a four, and a two/three make their appearances in today’s countdown feature.

Miami Heat v Charlotte Hornets - Game Four Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

99. Gerald Green

Green, a 6’7”, 205 lb. small forward/shooting guard from Houston, Texas, was born on January 26th, 1986. The Boston Celtics selected him in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft, with the 18th overall pick.

After a pair of seasons with the Celtics (113 games), Green joined the Minnesota Timberwolves (29 games), the Houston Rockets (one game), the Dallas Mavericks (38 games), the New Jersey Nets (31 games) the Indiana Pacers (60 games), and the Phoenix Suns (156 games). On July 9th, 2015, he signed with the Heat for $1,356,000.

Just as the 2015-16 season got underway, Green was hospitalized after an incident at his home. Hospital records indicate there was a “combative patient,” presumably Green, who was confirmed as “acting strange in the lobby of the condo....screaming at the top of his lungs.”

Green appeared in 69 games overall for the Heat, starting 14 times at shooting guard. In 22.6 minutes, he averaged 8.9 points with 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.6 steals. On April 1st, he scored a season-high 30 points in a 112-106 win over the Sacramento Kings, making 11-of-19 shots from the field and adding three steals and three rebounds. He finished in double figures 26 times, but did not register a double-double. He did post 21 games of multiple three-pointers made, 15 of which saw him drain half or better of his attempts.

Green played in 12 of Miami’s 14 postseason games. His biggest impact came in Miami’s game seven, 106-73 win against the Charlotte Hornets on May 1st, when he scored 16 points with three rebounds.

Green rejoined the Celtics for the 2016-17 season, and scored 5.6 points with 1.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game over 47 contests.

Stat Line: 69 games, 22.6 minutes, .392 field goals, .323 three-pointers, .783 free throws, 8.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 10.1 PER, 1.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 358.7

98. Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings was a 6'9" power forward from Johnstown, PA. Born on July 11th, 1956, he started four seasons with the University of Cincinnati, graduating with the Class of 1979. His senior season, he averaged 24.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game. Before playing his senior season, the Milwaukee Bucks spent a third round pick on him in the draft of 1978, 59th overall.

Cummings played 223 games for the Bucks over the next three seasons. He later played with the Dallas Mavericks (161 games) and the New York Knicks (205 games). For his two seasons with Dallas and his first two with New York, he averaged 14 points and eight rebounds for the most productive stretch of his career. Miami signed him to a free agent contract before taking their initial tip-off of the 1988-89 season for $525,000.

With the Heat, Cummings played 53 games, including 29 starts that first season. He hit 50% of his shots, averaging 8.8 points over 20.7 minutes per appearance. On December 15th, he posted a double-double, one of three on the season when he scored 16 points with 15 rebounds in a 94-90 loss to the Sacramento Kings. He scored in double digits 22 times over the course of the season, including on February 5th, in a 102-98 win over the Kings, by scoring a season high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting with five rebounds.

1989-90 would see Cummings remain with Miami, in a more limited role. He appeared in 37 games, averaging 10.6 minutes and shooting 48.4% from the field. He only scored in double digits twice, and enjoyed no games of 10 or more rebounds on the season. His best game may have been on December 28th, when he scored 14 points with seven rebounds in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, 132-107. He was waived after the season.

Cummings played four games with the Utah Jazz in 1990-91, but that was the last time he would appear in an NBA contest. Later, he earned his real estate license in the Cincinnati area and spent several years in the real estate business. He passed away of natural causes at the age of 55 on June 26th, 2012.

Stat Line: 90 games, 16.5 minutes, .495 field goals, .694 free throws, 7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 10.9 PER, 0.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 371.5

97. Travis Best

Travis Best was a 5'11" point guard from Springfield, MA. Born on July 12th, 1972, he was a starter for the Georgia Tech YellowJackets for four college seasons, averaging 36 minutes and scoring 17 points with three rebounds and six assists per game. The Indiana Pacers selected him in the first round of the 1995 draft, with the 23rd overall pick.

Best played his first six and a half seasons with the Pacers, playing in 469 games and ranking ninth on the franchise all-time leaderboard with 1,785 assists. He later played with the Chicago Bulls for 30 games of 2001-02. The Heat signed him during the 2002 offseason for $1,400,000.

Best played in 72 games, starting 52 for Miami at point guard. He averaged 25 minutes per game, scoring eight and a half points, two rebounds, and three and a half assists. He finished in double figures 27 times that year. His best game came on January 27th, when he finished with 20 points and three assists with two steals in a 102-95 win over the Indiana Pacers. Just two days later, in an 82-80 victory over the New York Knicks, he dished out a season high 10 assists, also scoring nine points. On February 15th, he scored 21 points with three rebounds and eight helpers in a 98-92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Best did not rejoin the Heat for another season, instead playing for the Mavericks the following year (61 games). He later played a season with the New Jersey Nets (76 games). He has since played in Russia, Italy, and Poland, most recently with NSB Napoli in an italian league.

Stat Line: 72 games, 25.1 minutes, .396 field goals, .330 three-pointers, .854 free throws, 8.4 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 11.2 PER, 1.8 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 386.4